Not all workplace injuries fall within the workers’ compensation system. This is because Texas is the only state in the country which does not require employers to be part of the workers’ comp system. Companies have the option to “opt out” and insure themselves privately. Such employers are considered to be “non-subscribers” to the workers’ comp system. Anyone injured on the job while employed by a non-subscriber can bring a lawsuit against the company as they would in any other negligence case.
Non-subscriber workplace injuries in Austin deserve the same care and attention as all other worker injury cases. A knowledgeable attorney could help you seek the compensation you need to recover after an accident.
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Representing Austin Employees Injured while Working for a Non-Subscriber Company
State law allows employers to not be a part of the standard workers’ compensation system. Such employers must carry their own insurance or some other form of liability coverage. Someone injured on the job of such an employer may bring a negligence action against the company in court. One of the ways a plaintiff may bring such a case if they can show that a dangerous condition existed on the job. This dangerous condition must either be one that the employer knew about and did not correct or one that was created due to other negligence by the employer (i.e., a slippery floor that was not promptly cleaned). Hiring an Austin workplace injury attorney to help with such a matter is often necessary, as cases involving Texas non-subscriber employers usually are quite complicated.
Our Austin workplace injury lawyers assist those injured on the job where their employer was not in the workers’ comp system. We can contact the insurance company, or the employer if they are self-insured, on an injured worker’s behalf so they will deal with us directly. We can also gather relevant evidence such as accident reports, statements, video footage, maintenance records, and documentation related to past injuries on the job. If a settlement cannot be reached, then we will bring legal action in court for negligence.
Compensation in Non-Subscriber Cases
Potential compensation in Austin non-subscriber workplace injury cases is very similar to other types of injury claims. However, non-subscriber cases are not limited to the same types of damages as workers’ compensation claim. Compensation may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Punitive damages
These damages can help compensate an injured plaintiff while they recover from their injuries.
Few things are as important to people as their job. A job provides dignity and a sense of security. The concept of a dispute with one’s employer, therefore, can be frightening. Our Austin non-subscriber workplace injury attorneys can make the process much easier on you so you can focus on healing and getting back to work. Call today to get started on your case.